By: Joe Graedon June 7, 2018 24 Comments
    Who Makes More Mistakes | Bank Tellers or Pharma…

    We have been stunned by the number of mistakes that occur in pharmacies. A few years ago we asked the question: how many errors occur annually in drug stores? What we discovered was beyond shocking. O…

    By: Karen Berger, PharmD, RPh June 7, 2018 10 Comments
    How to Ease Migraine Pain without Prescriptions

    I truly sympathize with those who suffer from chronic migraines. While I occasionally have a mild headache, only once do I think I may have experienced something even close to migraine pain. When I ha…

    By: Joe Graedon June 7, 2018 34 Comments
    Old Data Behind Statin Guidelines Led to Serious…

    In 2013 the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) issued new statin guidelines for physicians. The recommendations were based on the Heart Risk Calculator. Doct…

    By: Terry Graedon June 7, 2018 11 Comments
    Show 1125: How Can You Find Your Sleep Solution?

    You may have read or heard that adequate sleep is a pillar of good health, like exercise and a healthy diet. Sleep affects blood pressure and heart disease, metabolism and obesity, the immune system, …

    By: Terry Graedon June 7, 2018 3 Comments
    Can You Skip Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer?

    Some women with the most common type of breast cancer might safely skip chemotherapy. That’s the finding from a study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting and published in …

    By: Terry Graedon June 7, 2018 3 Comments
    Super Immune Therapy Gave One Woman Her Life Bac…

    An experimental immune therapy conducted on a single breast cancer patient has captured a great deal of attention this week. The 49-year-old woman, Judy Perkins, had metastatic breast cancer that had …

    By: Terry Graedon June 7, 2018 2 Comments
    Will Immunotherapy Help Men with Prostate Cancer…

    Like breast cancer, prostate cancer is often driven by hormones. Doctors frequently use hormone-suppressing drugs such as enzalutamide (Xtandi) or leuprolide (Lupron) to treat this condition. Could im…

    By: Terry Graedon June 7, 2018 8 Comments
    How Can You Treat Acne Without Antibiotics?

    When you mention acne, most people think of teenagers. Indeed, an estimated 85 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 24 are troubled with pimples and at least minor acne at some point. However…

    By: Joe Graedon June 4, 2018 11 Comments
    Statins and Diabetes | What Happens When Blood S…

    A few years ago three pillars of modern medicine recommended that virtually all adults with diabetes should take statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs. This is what the American Diabetes Association …

    By: Joe Graedon June 4, 2018 31 Comments
    Is Vaseline Petroleum Jelly Safe For a Dry Nose?

    Vaseline Petroleum Jelly dates back over 140 years. The Vaseline patent was issued in 1872 to British chemist, Robert Chesebrough. He had traveled to Titusville, Pennsylvania, in 1859 to check out the…

    By: Terry Graedon June 4, 2018 23 Comments
    How Can You Keep Mosquitoes Away?

    Summertime, and the livin' is easy, or so the song goes. (Here's the magnificent Ella Fitzgerald singing it.) But summertime also brings its share of biting insects, and keeping them away is not alway…

    By: Joe Graedon June 4, 2018 7 Comments
    Why Is Alpha-Gal Allergy So Misunderstood and Mi…

    According to the CDC, “illnesses from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the U.S.” in recent years (May 1, 2018).  Ticks are on the move. These disease vectors are found from Californ…

    By: Terry Graedon June 4, 2018 8 Comments
    Should You Try Yogurt to Combat Constipation?

    Anyone who has suffered from constipation would be grateful for advice on preventing this troublesome problem. Avoiding medications such as opioid pain relievers or even supplements like calcium that …

    By: Terry Graedon June 4, 2018 2 Comments
    Will Dandruff Shampoo Ease Your Jock Itch?

    Human skin is home to an amazing array of organisms that are too tiny to see with the naked eye. Most of the time, these microbes get along well enough. But occasionally, their ecological system gets …

    By: Terry Graedon June 4, 2018 20 Comments
    Is Stevia a Safe Sugar Substitute?

    Artificial sweeteners have been controversial for decades. In the 1960s, when the idea of low-calorie substitutes for sugar was still fairly new, animal studies suggested that saccharine and cyclamate…

    By: Terry Graedon May 31, 2018 21 Comments
    Show 1124: Should You Be Taking Vitamin Suppleme…

    What is the value of vitamin supplements? There is no consensus on whether most people would benefit. Much of the research on multivitamins does not show a strong effect in preventing cardiovascular d…

    By: Terry Graedon May 31, 2018 11 Comments
    Will You Gain Weight on an Antidepressant?

    People who take antidepressant medications for many years often complain that they gain weight. Is this observation merely anecdotal, or is there evidence to support it? Do People Gain Weight When The…

    By: Terry Graedon May 31, 2018 13 Comments
    High Protein Diet Is Linked to Heart Failure Ris…

    Many people striving to lose weight turn to a low-carb diet to try to jump-start the process. Instead, they try to get most of their energy from fat or protein sources. But does this increase their he…

    By: Terry Graedon May 31, 2018 13 Comments
    Will Vitamin Supplements Prevent Heart Problems?

    Does it make sense to take vitamin pills? A new systematic review looked at 179 recent studies of commonly used supplements to see whether any of these pills helped ward off heart problems (Jenkins et…

    By: Terry Graedon May 31, 2018 7 Comments
    Can You Take Aspirin to Prevent Stroke?

    People who experience a transient ischemic attack, also known as a TIA or a minor stroke, are at a significantly increased risk for another blood clot in the brain. In a TIA, the clot resolves on its …

    By: Joe Graedon May 28, 2018 25 Comments
    The Zyrtec Itch is Unbearable | Where’s th…

    We first heard about the Zyrtec itch over eight years ago. A reader reported horrible itching within three days of stopping Zyrtec (cetirizine is the generic name for this antihistamine). He reported …

    By: Joe Graedon May 28, 2018 3 Comments
    Chantix and Insomnia | Disturbed Sleep and Bad D…

    Chantix (varenicline) has been widely advertised on television. Perhaps you have seen some of the commercials. In this one Mark smiles and says he quit smoking with Chantix. The announcer lists a bunc…

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2018 29 Comments
    Will Your Hiccups Go Away If You Reach and Sip?

    Have you ever tried to make hiccups go away with a home remedy? There are dozens, at least! Some sound entirely plausible, while others appear quite improbable. They all have one thing in common: a fe…

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2018 7 Comments
    Will an Elimination Diet Help You Avoid Migraine…

    News that the FDA has just approved a new medication (Aimovig, generic name erenumab) to prevent migraine headaches has attention focused on prevention. While some patients will doubtless welcome this…

    By: Joe Graedon May 28, 2018 17 Comments
    Why Papaya for Heartburn Is Surprisingly Helpful

    Papaya was once considered an exotic fruit. You had to visit a tropical country to find it. Now, fresh papaya can be found in most food markets. You can purchase papaya enzymes in tablet form in healt…

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2018 10 Comments
    Easy Ways to Prevent Swimmer’s Ear

    In many parts of the country, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer and swim season. Avid swimmers can't wait to jump into the pool, lake or river. But this activity can lead to infections in the…

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2018 20 Comments
    How to Overcome Stage Fright Without Drugs

    Have you ever tried to overcome stage fright? Most people have experienced performance anxiety at some time during their lives. Acting in an amateur theatre group can trigger stage fright. So can givi…

    By: Joe Graedon May 24, 2018 23 Comments
    Should Desperate Patients Have the Right To Try …

    Most people empathize with the plight of desperate patients. Those who have exhausted all available treatments are willing to try almost anything. That is why Congress has passed the "right to try" bi…

    By: Terry Graedon May 24, 2018 16 Comments
    Show 1123: What Are the Unexpected Dangers of Me…

    Medical devices are far more common than you might imagine. One American in ten has an implanted defibrillator, pacemaker, artificial hip or knee joint, surgical mesh or other device. How rigorously a…

    By: Joe Graedon May 24, 2018 9 Comments
    Is Aspirin Better Than Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) To …

    Strokes are nasty business. When a blood clot lodges in a brain artery, it leads to the death of neurons. Depending upon where the damage occurs, patients can have difficulty speaking, moving or balan…

    By: Terry Graedon May 24, 2018 0 Comments
    How Can You Reduce the Impact of Air Pollution?

    Air pollution is harmful to health, with bad effects on the lungs, heart and cardiovascular system. But even if you can’t completely avoid air pollution, you can soften its impact. Lowering the Impa…

    By: Terry Graedon May 24, 2018 4 Comments
    Will Eating Fruit Help Your Lung Function?

    As people age, lung function tends to drop. A new study suggests, however, that eating fruit rich in flavonoids may help keep lungs working well (ATS 2018 International Conference, San Diego CA May 21…

    By: Terry Graedon May 24, 2018 3 Comments
    Will Exercise Prevent Heart Failure?

    Does it really make a difference whether you exercise? A new study from Johns Hopkins shows that just six years of increased physical activity in middle age may help prevent heart failure later (Flori…

    By: Terry Graedon May 24, 2018 5 Comments
    What Are the Hazards of Hair Straighteners?

    Some African-American women regularly use hair-straightening products to achieve the look they like. A recent study suggests, however, that these cosmetics are far from benign. What are the dangers of…

    By: Joe Graedon May 21, 2018 23 Comments
    Why Did Purple Toenails Outrage This Reader?

    We have a motto at The People’s Pharmacy: The customer or the reader is always right. We do our best to be understanding and supportive, but sometimes our patience is pushed to the limit. Such was t…

    By: Joe Graedon May 21, 2018 14 Comments
    What Can You Do If Ibuprofen Triggers Atrial Fib…

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like diclofenac, ibuprofen, meloxicam or naproxen are extremely popular pain relievers. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) and naproxen (Aleve) are even availab…

    By: Terry Graedon May 21, 2018 34 Comments
    Is Cooked Oatmeal Better for You Than Instant Oa…

    Oats have been a dietary staple for many centuries, and they have a reputation as a healthy whole grain. Eating cooked oatmeal on a regular basis (daily or several times a week) can help control chole…

    By: Terry Graedon May 20, 2018 15 Comments
    Will Taking T3 with T4 Make You Feel Better?

    Thyroid disorders, particularly underactive thyroid, are extremely common, and most doctors treat them with a single medication. For hypothyroidism due to inadequate thyroid hormone production, they p…

    By: Joe Graedon May 20, 2018 10 Comments
    Are Sky-High Orphan Drug Costs Bankrupting Healt…

    Drug companies have fallen in love with rare diseases. That’s because they are huge money makers for the pharmaceutical industry. It wasn’t always this way. Before the Orphan Drug Act, rare or unu…

    By: Terry Graedon May 20, 2018 13 Comments
    Could Vitamin B12 Deficiency Make You Fall?

    Falls are a great fear as people get older and less steady on their feet. And no wonder: a fall can result in broken bones and greatly reduced mobility. More than a fourth of older adults who break a …